The PKK is a militant Kurdish organization operating mainly in Turkey. In the 1980s it started an armed struggle for cultural and self-determination.
The left-wing militant organization was founded in 1978 in Turkey by a group of students around Abdullah Ocalan, who has been improsoned since1999. The Kurds make up over 20% of the Turkish Population and have been repressed for decades. Here you find an automatic compilation of DW Content referring to the PKK.
More than a dozen Kurdish fighters have died in Turkish air raids in Syria and Iraq. The US State Department has said the bombings were not authorized by the international coalition led by Washington.
Germans have been supporting Kurdish militias on the ground in their fight against IS. The opposition politician who requested the official numbers has blasted the government for how it has treated these fighters.
Deniz Naki has been given a suspended 18-month jail sentence in Turkey for criticizing the government's operations against Kurdish militants. The former St Pauli player had been acquitted by the same court in November.